Growing reasons to climate-proof our investments

More companies grudgingly warn us of climate risks to their stock value.

Sen Whitehouse regarding risks to investors“Republicans in Congress ignore climate change for the simple reason that the fossil fuel industry has become their political life-support system,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D. RI) earlier this month. “It does not have to be this way. Outside this chamber, even Republicans see things very differently. In the investment sector, where people have to make decisions based on real facts […]

Try some 'conservation investing.' Benefit two ways.

Along with local action and the courts, will these new investments help protect against the effects of global warming?

Conservation investing to counter the effects of global warming may fill gaps from federal programs.Investments that seek measurable environmental benefits – in addition to financial returns – have been growing. Conservation investing includes private capital for sustainable food and fiber production, habitat protection, or clean water projects that aim to achieve environmental conservation objectives while also delivering a financial return.

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An ounce of prevention, a pound of cure.

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Companies that help us stop pumping carbon into the air – building wind turbines, converting coal-burning processes, raising energy efficiency – have flash and big markets. But companies that protect us from the carbon already out there – developing drought, pest, and disease resistant crops, managing fresh water, developing vaccines and other techniques to fight migrating tropical diseases – may be ho-hum but have far larger markets. Here’s a recent discussion of the distinction, with examples.